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The Graveyard Book

45 Ratings: 3.8
A fantasy novel for young adults written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean.

The Graveyard Book is a young adult fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. The story is about a boy named Nobody Owens, whose family is killed by a mysterious man named Jack, and who is subsequently adopted and raised by the occupants of an old graveyard. Gaiman's … see full wiki

Author: Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens
Date Published: October 01, 2008
14 reviews about The Graveyard Book
review by . July 13, 2010
Perfectly-paced storytelling from Neil Gaiman and stark illustrations from Dave McKean combine to make this a fantastic, enjoyable quick read. I have always found that McKean's art evokes imagery from Gaiman's tales incredibly well, with their sharp, almost woodcut-seeming black lines, and this is certainly the case in The Graveyard Book, as in Coraline.      Though the story opens with serious action, it takes a bit of reading before one becomes truly absorbed by the …
Quick Tip by . March 24, 2011
I've always been fond of slightly dark fantasy adventures about children, whether written by Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, or J.K. Rowling. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is certainly of that same vein and is worthy to sit upon the bookshelf among those authors mentioned above. The novel is a Gothic coming of age story, modeled on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and tells the story of a young boy, Nobody Owens, whose family was murdered when he was a baby and as a result …
review by . November 29, 2010
Once again, with imaginative and narrative skill, Neil Gaiman has created a children's book unlike any other. At once gothic and phantasmagoric, it is still, at heart, a children's story with perhaps a literary nod to C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft.     At the beginning of the story a murder happens which leaves the lone survivor-a male toddler-moving out into the open towards a cemetery which is inhabited by a band of spirits from all generations. Once in the graveyard, the spirit …
review by . November 28, 2010
Entertaining and enjoyable
First I want to say how wonderful it was to listen to Neil Gaiman narrate this audio. I love his wry humor and wit, and this book doesn't disappoint.   The Graveyard Book was like a darker combination of Harry Potter and the Jungle Book. A coming of age story where a small boy Nobody Owens finds himself orphaned and being raised by a graveyard full of ghosts and 1 possible vampire (this is never really made clear) while being hunted by an assassin with a keen sense of smell. I was …
review by . July 02, 2010
The concept of this story is refreshingly unique considering the current trend of writing about monsters and death.  The life of the protagonist as he grows up in the graveyard, makes for an interesting story, but the other characters are what make this book a must read.  The book also takes the reader into other worlds as we travel along learning life lessons with Nobody Owens.  This book is not just for kids, its a great read for all ages.
review by . August 30, 2010
Pros: Interesting idea.     Cons: Weak storyline.     The Bottom Line: If this were a meal, it would be missing a lot of meat and potatoes.     Sometimes I wonder if I must be missing something when it comes to some of the books I read.  I enjoyed Hyperion while everyone around me went nuts trying to read it.  American Gods grated endlessly on my nerves while others raved about it.  I guess in the end it just depends upon …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This is a an engaging, interesting story. I was always together with Bod. The ending in a way disappointed me, but it also made me feel food since it was unexpected and that's what you expect from great writers.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
I was a little disappointed by the end, but the overall story was good, and the writing kept me going without any problem.
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
This is a kids' book? Yep - and good stuff, too!
review by . October 06, 2009
The adventures of Nobody "Bod" Owens while having the run of the graveyard... this was such a simplistic and enjoyable read. It felt like a very long short story - only because it was written in a way that each chapter was a story of it's own--even though it dealt with the same characters. There was a thread that ran through them all, but it was mostly in the background. Yet the end tied it all in and left me very satisfied with the outcome. I loved that we watched Bod being raised, nurtured and …
review by . May 24, 2009
A precocious toddler climbs out of his crib and crawls out into the night, ending up in the local graveyard. As it turns out, this is lucky, since he manages to avoid the assassin who murdered his parents in their sleep and then came after him.     If this doesn't sound like a promising start to a magical and touching story about growing up then you may not have heard of Neil Gaiman, whose gothic sensibilities blend with a natural storytelling instinct. Of course, if you think …
review by . March 19, 2009
Look for the grave necessities   The basic grave necessities   Forget about the living and their strife   I mean the grave necessities   Old Mother Nature's returnees   That bring the grave festivities to life     (Adapted from "The Bare Necessities" - The Jungle Book)     This award-winning novel is actually a collection of related short stories that trace the life of an orphaned boy raised by the inhabitants …
review by . October 27, 2008
Neil Gaiman's wonderfully dark The Graveyard Book opens with murder--three members of a family are mysteriously killed by a man named Jack, whose intent was to kill all four of the family members. Unfortunately for him, but luckily for us and the child, a toddler escapes the house and makes his way across the street to a graveyard. The inhabitants of the graveyard, long since dead and forgotten, save the young child and bring him into their world, giving him "Freedom of the Graveyard" and raising …
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